An anchored identity

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” (John 1:12).

In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl reflects on what he learned about identity while suffering through a Nazi concentration camp:

“The majority of prisoners suffered from a kind of inferiority complex. We had all once been or had fancied ourselves to be “somebody.” Now we were treated like complete nonentities.” But, he goes on, “The consciousness of one’s inner value is anchored in higher, more spiritual things, and cannot be shaken by camp life. But how many free men, let alone prisoners, possess it?”*

Are YOU anchored in higher, more spiritual things, resulting in a deep awareness of your unshakable inner value?

Let me state the obvious. People who are anchored in higher, more spiritual things tend to be anchored in higher, more spiritual things. They think godly things, they say godly things, and they do godly things. The more you commit to growing upwards in faith the deeper your roots become.

People who are not anchored in higher, more spiritual things are both more adrift and easily toppled.

You are a child of God. Claim it. Own it. And grow into it.

“The consciousness of one’s inner value is anchored in higher, more spiritual things, and cannot be shaken by camp life. But how many free men, let alone prisoners, possess it?”


Notes:

–*Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (Boston, Beacon Press: 2006), 62-3.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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